100 Years Ago: City Council Grants $6,000 to Y.M.C.A., Advances in Modern Army Surgery, Schools Close Out of Respect for Harold Reid

The Intelligencer April 9, 1918 (pages 1, 6)

“City Council Granted $6,000 To Y.M.C.A. Overseas Work. A deputation requesting a grant from the Council to the Y.M.C.A. overseas fund, was on motion heard. Mr. D. V. Sinclair addressed the Council in reference to the National Council of the Y.M.C.A., and the work it was doing in the present war. …  This war will be won by efficiency and this can only be secured by aid of sports, so as to help equip the soldiers. A large sum is required for recreation and other purposes. …  The Y.M.C.A. huts are of great benefit to the boys who are in active service. It is estimated at least $123,000 will be spent this year for writing paper alone. …

Mayor Platt said that he was in hearty accord with the proposition made. What the boys over there are doing we scarcely realize. They are fighting and even dying for us. He felt sure the request would be granted. Ald. Whelan said that whatever the Council did in the matter he would heartily support. He thought it was a better way to secure the money than a house to house canvass. …  The deputation were informed that a grant would be made by motion at the proper time.”

The Intelligencer April 9, 1918 (page 3)

“Reclaiming the Wreckage of War. One of the most interesting developments of the present war has been the wonderful advance in medicine and surgery. The military medical men have performed heroic service in every branch of the operations from No Man’s Land to Blighty and have constantly added to the knowledge of the world by new discoveries for the amelioration of pain and the defeat of death.

Returned soldiers hold the military medical service in a sort of reverential awe and say that there is nothing impossible in modern army surgery; that a soldier can be practically shot to pieces and put together again by the medicos if the pieces can be found and a spark of life remains.”

The Intelligencer April 9, 1918 (page 5)

“A Token of Respect. The High School, public schools and Albert College were closed this afternoon out of respect to the late Flight Lieut. Harold M. Reid, whose father, Mr. C. M. Reid is a member of the Board of Education and also a member of the Board of Albert College.”